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Elizabeth Kolbert
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. Her next book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, will be released in February 2014.
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Stories by Elizabeth Kolbert
March 10, 2014
When a species approaches extinction, it may be time to take desperate measures—like mating brother with sister.
February 11, 2014
Off the coast of Italy, CO2-spewing vents are giving scientists a glimpse at the acidic oceans of our future. The results are frightening.
December 2, 2013
As we race toward the Next Big Sustainable Idea, it's worth pausing to check the rearview mirror.
June 18, 2012
A review of Florence Williams' new book on how the modern world has laid siege to a miracle of evolutionary engineering.
November 24, 2010
Looking back on his 60-year career, the pioneering biologist talks about ants, mass extinction, and the perverse ways in which Homo sapiens has created a "Star Wars civilization."
August 28, 2008
Solving the global climate crisis requires bold political action. Fast. As in right after the November elections.
September 1, 2007
Inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary, The 11th Hour, we asked a few great minds to get past the gloom and doom and tell us how to save the world.
March 1, 2007
At the approach to Rachel Carson's 100th birthday, Elizabeth Kolbert reviews Courage for the Earth and Silent Spring.